Emmerich on the Stratfordian Ethos

Posted By on October 18, 2011

Roland Emmerich on ten reasons why the Stratfordian case is a political/academic legend.

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


2 Responses to “Emmerich on the Stratfordian Ethos”

  1. kenkap says:

    First reviews are in. Rotten Tomatoes so far is 100% favorable. All agree it is a terrific film, even if they don’t completely buy the premise. I love this line from Stephanie Zacharek (she is Salon.com’s film critic and highly respected, (from the Toronto Film Festival)

    “Both performances are great fun to watch (the young and old Elizabeth), but it’s Rhys Ifans, as the Earl of Oxford, who keeps the movie spinning. He takes dorky, grandiose dialogue and turns it into something almost — well, Shakespearean. His character has spent his life writing incredible plays and sonnets, but he’s forced to hide his identity from the public. As Ifans plays him, he’s OK with all that — it’s the personal anguish he’s suffered that really matters, and Ifans carries that bruised nobility with him every second. His voice, sonorous and always just faintly sorrowful, reminds me of that of the late, great Richard Harris. Although Harris was Irish and Ifans is Welsh, they’re linked in spirit, rapscallions who can really buckle down and surprise you with their depth and heart. I giggled at parts of Anonymous, especially when our earl’s angry, disapproving wife catches him at his desk and bellows, like Gale Sondergaard with PMS, “My God! You’re writing again!

    But then there comes THIS:

    ” But I never laughed at Ifans. When you look into those eyes, you could almost believe that this was the guy who wrote all those sonnets.”

    Isn’t that the point? Good job Roland.


  2. Roger Stritmatter says:

    Hey Ken, thanks for sharing the great news about how well the movie is doing with advance reviewers. My sense now is that it is unstoppable. Hence the outrageous paranoia and character assassination emanating from the “higher” echelons of Stratfordiana. My guess is that a significant minority within Shakespearean studies is silently beginning to wonder and preparing to make a jump of one kind or another.

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